Tuesday, October 2, 2007
OU Alumnus Speaks on Chinese Textiles
On January 31, 2007, we at Kresge Library were proud to host a presentation by OU alumnus Paul Haig (CAS '73) and Marla Shelton. Haig and his assistant Ms. Shelton shared the fruits of his long pursuit and extensive collections of exquisite works in Chinese textiles. Their presentation was based partially on the extraordinarily beautiful book they have recently co-authored, "Threads of Gold: Chinese Textiles, Ming to Ch'ing" (Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub., 2006).
Some of the items discussed and on display include tapestries, clothing, royal vestments, and various other items displaying astounding skill and artistry.
Haig also shared some of the ins and outs of being a collector, discussing how he evaluates the quality and determines the historical authenticity of the pieces he encounters. This rare opportunity to view samples from his extensive collection was enjoyed by some 80 attendees.
Those present marveled at the artistry on display in numerous pieces of the weaver's craft and appreciated more fully the level of skill and mastery necessary to achieve such outstanding works. A reception and book-signing followed the presentation and discussion. The event was sponsored by Kresge Library, the College of Arts and Sciences, OU Alumni Association, and The Honors College.